Edmonson Voice Staff Report
The Judicial Nominating Commission has announced the names of those nominated to fill a vacant District Court judgeship for Butler, Edmonson, Hancock and Ohio counties. The three counties make up the 38th Judicial District, the vacancy of which is in the district’s 1st division. Edmonson County Attorney, J.B. Hines has been named as one of the nominees.
The other nominees are attorneys Richard Joseph Deye of Morgantown, and Tara Nicole Ward of Hartford.
"I am humbled by the nomination, and would be honored to serve as the district court judge, Division 1, of the 38th Judicial District," Hines told the Edmonson Voice.
The District Court judicial seat became vacant when Judge Renona C. Browning resigned in August 2016.
In the event of a vacant judge's seat, the Kentucky Constitution requires that three names be submitted to the governor, chosen by the Judicial Nominating Commission, which is made up of Mark Mudd of Morgantown, Steven Geary of Beaver Dam, Randy Dean Stroup of Logansport, and Charles Mattingly of Fordsville. The Governor then has 60 days to appoint a replacement. His office will make the final announcement.
Hines has a private law practice and has served as the county attorney for Edmonson since he was elected in 2014. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Should Hines be chosen to fill the vacant role, Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon would then appoint a new county attorney, which would serve until the next general election in 2018.